: OBITUARIES :
Michael “Glass Breaker” Phillips, 61, of the Bee Log Community passed away Monday, August 13, 2012 at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Charles and Hope Wilson Phillips. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Wynelle Phillips and brother, Terry Phillips. He was a loving brother and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
Surviving are a sister: Anna Rae Phillips, two brothers: Charles Henry Phillips and wife, JoAnn, and Morris Phillips and wife, Becky, and his wife, Kathy Phillips all of Burnsville; a son: Matthew Kiser of Asheville, four grandchildren; a great grandson; 3 nieces; a great niece and 2 great nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Burl Ledford will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Thursday in the Bee Log Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home to assist with funeral expenses.
MARY BURLESON HUGHES
Mary Burleson Hughes, 86, of Burnsville, passed away peacefully Sunday, August 12, 2012 at Rowan Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
Born on January 24, 1926 to the late Rev. Jessie and Vennie Burleson of the Bandana community, she was a life-long resident of Burnsville and a member of Victory Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Howard Hughes, as well as, four brothers: James, Frank, John and Paul Burleson and six sisters: Ruth Grindstaff, Jenny Buchanan, Ellen Howell, Edith Wyke, Anna Mae Burleson and Mae Grindstaff.
Surviving are three daughters: Shirley House of Salisbury, Renee Miller and Patricia Hughes both of Concord; four grandchildren: Steve Blevins of Statesville, Tonya Blevins and Ashley Blevins both of Salisbury and Chris Reid of Mooresville; eight great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; and a sister: Alberta Buchanan of Bakersville.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Max Gortney and Scot Garland will officiate. A graveside service will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
KITTY GRIFFITH SMITH
In loving memory of a loving mother, a devoted wife, respected grandmother, and honorary mother of the community.
Kitty was born and raised in Burnsville, NC on May 11, 1947. She was a daughter of the late Beecher and Selelia Griffith. Kitty was preceded in death by a sister: Oridea Roland; and, a brother: Alphonus Young. She graduated from East Yancey High School in 1966. Kitty was a member and pianist of Griffith Chapel AME Zion Church for over 30 years. She began her career at Ingles Grocery Store for 12 years, and ended her career at H&R Block after 23 years of hard work and dedication. Kitty will be remembered and missed by a host of friends and family.
Surviving are her loving and dedicated husband of 44 years: Lenon H. Smith; her children: RonLesly “Bam” Smith of the home, Melissa Tarbush and husband, Ken, Samantha Smith and Tony “Trouble” Smith, all of Burnsville, Terry Smith and wife, Beate, of Oklahoma, Carlos Smith and wife, Bridgette, of Durham, and Lenon and Daryan Smith of Charlotte. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren and several great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Jeter Young and John B. Griffith; 2 sisters: Violet Henson and Patty Watkins and several neices and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Tuesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. James Staley will officiate. Burial will be in Horton Cemetery.
Ticie Hensley, 89, of Lickskillet Road, went to be with the Lord Thursday, August 9, 2012, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Murphy and Bonnie Edwards Hensley, and the husband of the late Texie Bradford Hensley. He was also preceded in death by sisters: Reba Hensley, Texie Edwards, Minerva Pate and Gaynell Hoover; and, brothers: Arvil, James, Coolidge, Rom and Berry Hensley.
Surviving are 3 sisters: Alice Fender of Burnsville, Winnie Stines of Morganton, and Mary Magdalene Tipton of Weaverville; a stepson: Gary Davis of Marion; and, several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Saturday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Cline Hensley will officiate. Burial will be in the Burton Cemetery on Lickskillet Road.
The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Randy Silvers, of both Greensboro and Burnsville, NC, passed away on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Mission Hospital in Asheville. He was the son of Mary Rose Silvers and the late Burgin Silvers of Burnsville.
Randy was one of those rare individuals who knew at an early age what he wanted his vocation to be, and he pursued that vocation as an award winning quilter, quilting instructor, sewing machine dealer and quilt shop owner. Randy was the original owner of The Country Peddler Quilt Shop in Burnsville and Fran’s Quilt Shop, which he bought and renamed Randy’s Quilt Shop in Greensboro. He also traveled up and down the east coast of the United States for many years selling quilts at craft shows. Randy was instrumental in the formation of the Gate City Guild in Greensboro.
In addition to his mother, Randy leaves behind his partner of 20 years: Louie Hughes of Greensboro; and, a host of aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as friends, especially in the quilting community from all over the country to mourn his passing.
Throughout his life Randy held to his deeply religious beliefs, and they were a great source of comfort to him, especially during the most difficult days of his illness. He was very proud of his mountain heritage and loved to tell stories of memories from his childhood in his quilting classes. Prior to his death he was planning to move back to the mountains which he loved dearly.
A service for Randy will be held at 2PM Friday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Shelton and his uncle, Frank Silvers, will officiate. Burial will be in the Cane River Church Cemetery.
Visitation will take place beginning at 1PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
Randy greatly supported many causes, but there were two causes that were near and dear to him. The first one was supporting breast cancer research, as Randy witnessed countless friends and customers battle breast cancer. Randy donated quilts and fabric from his shop to be made into quilts to be used as raffles to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The other great cause Randy supported was helping to feed the needy by sponsoring food drives at his shop for the Greensboro Urban Ministry. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, it is requested that those wishing to do so will make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Greensboro Urban Ministry, or Reconciliation House in Burnsville, or to your favorite charity.
MADGE LEE ALLEN
Madge Allen, 87, of Scronce Creek, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012 at Mission Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Cenia Tipton.
Surviving are her children: JoAnn Phillips, Christine Hensley, Ray Edward Allen, Fred Allen, Jerry Allen, Steven Allen, Larry Allen, Bobby Allen and David Allen all of Burnsville, Jan Ledford of Johnson City, Joyce Letterman of Weaverville, Donna Penland of South Carolina; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Jerry Shelton will officiate. Burial will be in the Little Ivy Baptist Church Cemetery at Mars Hill.
The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:30 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.
MARY CLARE MITCHELL
Mary G. Mitchell, 96, beloved of many, died at Mountain Manor on Sunday, July 29, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Mitchell in 2001.
Mary is survived by her son: Jonathan Mitchell; granddaughter: Tara Mitchell Kilduf and three great grandchildren: Cullen, Aidan and Molly.
Mary and her husband moved to Green Mountain in 1981 and spent summers here until 2001 when she became a full time resident. Mary was well educated, H.S. Ladycliff Academy (finishing school), art classes at UW, Painting In The Mountains NC, Student of Tatania McKinney in Florida and two art schools in France. She was well traveled in the U.S., Canada and two years traveling in Europe.
Mary loved the mountains and her family and friends. Mary (Peggy, Mother), we love you and will miss you.
Jimmy Deyton, 73, of Burnsville, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, July 29, 2012 at his home. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Wesley and Carrie Robinson Deyton. He was also preceded in death by sisters: Chloe Bennett and Etta Johnson; and brothers: Herman, Clarence, Cecil, Roy, Craig and Clifford Deyton. Jimmy was a member of Windom Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Helma Gortney Deyton; a daughter: Teresa Daves of Ellenboro; a step son: David Keith Wilson of Old Fort; 5 grandchildren: Ashley, Alexis, Bryson, Brayleigh and Kaden; and 2 sisters: Kate Laws and Velma Harding of Burnsville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Randal Robinson will officiate. Burial will be in the Deyton-Laws Cemetery at Bailey Hill.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.
CAPT. DENTON "DENNY" WEST
Captain Denton “Denny” West, US Navy (Ret.), 82, of Bradford Road, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Surviving are his wife of 28 years: Nina Edwards West; 3 sons: Glen West of California, and Brian and Denton West of Washington, DC; and, a daughter: Shanna West of Washington, DC.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC at a later date.
QUINTON 'COWBOY' HENSLEY
Quinton “Cowboy” Hensley, 79, of Jonesborough, TN went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 25, 2012, at his home, after a lengthy illness. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” is pretty much how he lived. He was always devoted to family and friends and will be highly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents: James and Ann Miller Hensley, 7 brothers and 7 sisters.
Survivors include his 5 children: David Hensley and wife, Noella, Melanie Gillenwater and husband, Roy, Randy Hensley and wife, Mari, and Darren and Danny Hensley; a very special friend: Phyllis Tolley; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and, 34 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2PM Sunday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Rev. Cecil Hensley will officiate. Burial will be in the Band Mill Cemetery at Ramseytown.
The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Page Number: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121